Now that Jussie Smollett's charges have been dropped, fellow 'Empire' star, Taraji P. Henson has spoken out in defense of her co-star.
"I'm happy that the truth has finally been set free, because I knew it all along," Henson told USA Today.
"We're all happy for him, and thank God the truth prevailed."
“I know him and I know his track record. I'm not going to jump on clickbait just because someone says something derogatory about a person I know and love. I'm not easily swayed like that. Those little clickbait [reports] weren't enough to deter me from his immaculate track record. I know the type of activism this young man does in his community, I know that he's a giver – he's not an attention-seeker," she said.
She continued: "When I know someone, there's nothing you can say to make me flip on them, and that's what we miss in this world. We need people that stand by us. Whatever happened to that? Why are we so easy to believe strangers over people we know?"
Although Henson is happy about the dismissal of the charges, according to TMZ, some members of the 'Empire' crew do not believe that Smollett is innocent are upset over the 'lack of consequences' for his alleged crimes. They reportedly want the star axed for the sixth season of the show.